un·​der·​cook ˌən-dər-ˈku̇k How to pronounce undercook (audio)
undercooked; undercooking; undercooks

transitive verb

: to cook insufficiently or less than thoroughly
The kitchen badly undercooked a nicely conceived plate of grilled petrale sole fillets surrounded by potatoes and zucchini.Harvey Steiman
undercooked adjective
a serving of undercooked chicken

Examples of undercook in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undercook was in 1598

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“Undercook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undercook. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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